Military dog wounded in ISIS leader Baghdadi's raid back on duty

An unidentified military working dog, wounded in the US special forces raid on the Syria compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is seen in this declassified photograph released by the White House on Oct 28, 2019.
An unidentified military working dog, wounded in the US special forces raid on the Syria compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is seen in this declassified photograph released by the White House on Oct 28, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The military dog slightly wounded in the US raid which resulted in the death of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is recovering and back on duty, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday (Oct 28).

General Mark Milley said the dog had performed a "tremendous service" during the special forces weekend assault in Syria that led to the death of the leader of the ISIS group.

Announcing Baghdadi's death, US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the "beautiful" and "talented" dog had pursued the ISIS leader into a dark tunnel where he blew himself up with a suicide vest, killing himself and three children and wounding the dog.

Mr Trump tweeted a picture of the dog on Monday, saying it did a "GREAT JOB." He said the name of the dog has not been declassified yet.

Gen Milley also declined to provide the dog's name or any further details about the canine.

"We're not releasing the name of the dog right now," the general said.

He said the dog had been "slightly wounded and is fully recovering".

"The dog is still in theatre, returned to duty, with its handler," he said.